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USIA Grant Programs in TEFL
English Teaching Fellows
English as a Foreign Language Fellows
English Language Specialists
ETF - For Recent M.A. Graduates

English Teaching Fellows: The English Teaching Fellow (ETF) Program recruits qualified EFL teachers for selected universities and institutions in all areas of the world. Applicants for ETF grants must be U.S. citizens, hold an M.A. degree in TEFL/TESL, and be willing to teach for a year according to the needs of the host institution. ETFs are not employees of the USIA or of the U.S. Government. They are subject to all laws and regulations applying to local teachers. Fellows receive a fixed stipend in dollars and a cost-of-living allowance, which may be paid in local currency, sufficient to live modestly on the local economy, in addition to round trip travel and supplementary medical insurance. 

Responsibilities:Full-time teachers of English (up to 20 hrs/wk) plus possible materials/test development or teacher training activities are recruited for worldwide assignments yearly. 

Assignments are for twelve months, with extensions of up to another twelve months occasionally granted. The Program provides recent M.A. graduates in TESL/TEFL with the opportunity to teach abroad at universities, teacher training colleges, binational centers, or other host country institutions that use English teaching as a means to promote cultural understanding. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Must have received an M.A. in TESL/TEFL or closely related field within the last five years, or expect to have the degree in hand by June 30 preceding the teaching year. 
Benefits include: 
  • Basic stipend which is paid in dollars, usually into a U.S. bank account. 
  • Living allowance, which varies from country to country and may be paid either in local currency or in dollars in a U.S. bank account. 
  • International round-trip transportation from U.S. residence to assignment. 
  • Basic group medical/hospitalization insurance. 
  • Core texts, an orientation, and miscellaneous predeparture expenses. 
The program remuneration is sufficient to support only one person. Dependents travel at the fellow's expense. 

Fellows begin their assignments in September, following orientation in Washington, DC. 

For a program application or further information, contact the grantee organization: 

School for International Training 
Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676 
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676 
Attn: Dr. Wendy Redlinger
Tel (802) 258-3311 
Fax (802) 258-3210 

Teacher Training in Central/Eastern Europe

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Fellows - Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, and NIS: The EFL Fellow program places experienced EFL teacher trainers and ESP instructors in selected countries of Eastern and Central Europe and the NIS. The Fellows work at local ministries of education and teacher training institutions to conduct a variety of activities including training sessions on methodology, curriculum development, textbook analysis, and testing. ESP specialists teach English at advanced levels to host country professionals in such fields as business, economics, law, finance, and medicine. The objective of the program is to promote the teaching of English as a vehicle to develop democracy throughout the region. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with M.A./Ph.D. degrees in TEFL/TESL and considerable experience in teacher training or ESP, some of which was overseas. Fellows receive a stipend, cost of living allowance in U.S. dollars, round trip travel, a book allowance, and supplementary medical insurance coverage. 

Assignments are for 11 months at local ministries of education, universities and teacher training centers in Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Kazakstan, Russia, and Ukraine. Applicants must have worked as an EFL/ESL teacher trainer and/or worked in ESP as a teacher and/or teacher trainer, preferably some of it overseas. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Must have an M.A. (or Ph.D.) in TESL/TEFL, applied linguistics, or a related field. 
Benefits include: 
  • Basic stipend which is paid in dollars, usually into a U.S. bank account. 
  • Living allowance, which varies from country to country and may be paid either in local currency or in dollars in a U.S. bank account. 
  • International round-trip transportation from U.S. residence to assignment. 
  • Basic group medical/hospitalization insurance. 
  • Core texts, an orientation, and miscellaneous pre-departure expenses. 
The program remuneration is sufficient to support only one person. Dependents travel at the Fellow's expense. 

Fellows begin their assignments in September, following orientation in Washington, DC. 

Please note that because the program is being phased out, current funding levels prevent us from accepting new applicants. For further information, contact: 

Catherine Williamson / John Turek
U.S. Information Agency
English Language Programs (E/ALP) - Rm 304
301 4th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20547

or fax to: 202-401-1250 
or e-mail: cjwillia@usia.gov (please no attachments)

Short-Term Training Abroad

English Language Specialists: The EL Specialist program recruits American academics in the field of TEFL/TESL and Applied Linguistics for short-term assignments (two to six weeks) in a particular program of the host country identified by the USIS post. EL Specialists may work on curriculum projects, teacher training seminars, textbook development, English for Special 
Purposes, program evaluation or other well-defined short projects. In requesting program support, a USIS post will normally suggest a candidate; if they do not, then the English Language Programs Division contacts and recruits an EL Specialist from among well-known academics in the field. EL 
Specialists receive an honorarium and round-trip travel from USIA. Per diem, in-country travel and other expenses are covered by the USIS post abroad. 


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